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School and Mass Education department Suspended 11 Staff Over HSC Question Paper ‘Leak’

Cuttack:23/2/19: A day after the MIL Odia question paper of the annual High School Certificate (HSC) went viral in Odisha, the School and Mass Education department on Saturday suspended 11 staff, including superintendents, invigilators and teachers.

Informing this to the media here in the afternoon, controller of examinations, Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Dr Nihar Ranjan Mohanty said of the 11 suspended staff, nine are centre superintendents and invigilators from Nuapada (5), Koraput (2) and Dhenkanal (2) districts.

Besides, the headmaster and a clerk of Balia Bapuji Nodal High School have been suspended for dereliction of duty, he added.

He further said that the District Education Officer (DEO), Dhenkanal, has lodged a complaint n Gondia police station against centre superintendent of Sudarshan Vidya Bhawan High School.

Mohanty also said that the Board has also expelled some students from the examinations for their complicity in the matter.

Stating that the prohibitory order under Section 144 has been clamped in some sensitive examination centres, he said the centre superintendents have been authorized to requisite additional police force from the district administration in case of exigency.

Meanwhile, five teachers of Nuapada district, who were detained by the Boden police on Friday in connection with the alleged question paper leak, were arrested and forwarded to the court on Saturday.

The arrested teachers are centre superintendent Prasanna Kumar Pati,  and invigilators Bighnaraj Supakar and Mukund Sabara of Karangmal High School while the two others are the centre superintendent Sushil Kumar Joshi and invigilator Arjunajaya Panda of Gopinath High School at Litisargi.

Prior to the arrest, these five teachers were suspended on Friday.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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